Dutch Housing Associations
A Model for Social Housing

By Andre Ouwehand & Gelske van Daalen
December 2002
Delft University Press
ISBN: 90-407-2331-1
109 pages, Illustrated, 6 x 9 "
$30.00 Paper Original


Many foreigners visiting the Netherlands who are interested in housing and take tours though cities and neighborhoods ask, "Is all that social housing?" They are taken aback both by the large amount of social-rental dwellings, 36% of the total housing stock, and also by its quality. In many countries social housing can almost exclusively be equated with housing for deprived households in a situation offering few prospects. The hallmark of the social-rental sector in the Netherlands is that a differentiated target group is provided for, not only households with a low income, but also a broad intermediate group. This book provides an introduction to Dutch housing associations. It therefore also provides readers with general information on housing policy in the Netherlands. It will meet the needs of students, visitors, practitioners and politicians.


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